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jong-un. president obama promises to pursue strong action. the u.n. council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on the run from los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing police michael crane in riverside last thursday. dorner is also suspected in two other deaths which authorities believe are revenge killings from being fired from the police force five years ago. a large "wanted" billboard featuring dorner's pictures are now up in southern cal. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. null >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men have been charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. 18-year-old michael ward and kenneth williams face charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery. police say they open fire on hadiya and her friends in a chicago park last month just days after she performed with her school at president obama's inauguration. officials say the shooting was a tragic case of mistaken identity. >> michael w
obama is telling congress they got $85 billion in automatic cuts coming at the end of this month, they should work on a temporary fix while they're working on a permanent budget. but republicans say the focus really needs to be on even deeper spending cuts. and we also have a new forecast from the nonpartisan congressional budget office. they're saying that unemployment may remain high through 2014 and drop after that. but that we're looking at the smallest budget deficit since president obama has been in office, well under $1 trillion at $845 billion. and they say federal revenue, going up 25% in part because of that fiscal cliff deal. >>> well, a major decision expected from the boy scouts of america. national board members set to vote on whether to leave the decades-long ban on gay leaders and scouts. in texas, it is a controversial issue drawing fire from both sides and putting one of the country's largest youth organizations under a microscope. president obama said over the weekend scouting should be open to everyone while texas governor rick perry expressed the opposite opi
. >>> president obama orders the justice department to release classified memos over drone strikes used to kill americans as john brennan prepares for a difficult hearing today. >>> plus, a bad nanny caught in the act of hitting an infant. a dog with a human face. and believe it or not, a study that tells women the time and day they're least attractive. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, february 7th, 2013. thursday, february 7th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. whether you live in the northeast or you're traveling anywhere near there this weekend, you need to know there's a whopper of a snowstorm headed this way. the national weather service is forecasting more than 2 feet of snow in some place. nbc's bill karins is tracking the storm. >> historic is the right word. now we need to get the players on the field. you are going to have a significant storm of your own. travel is going to be very difficult. milwaukee, grand rapids, possibly even around chicago with winter storm warnings for a good chunk of michigan. it should be warm enough where you don't have a lot of
allegations on cyberattacks coming not only from china but the chinese military. how the obama administration plans to strike back. >>> plus, joe biden's assault weapon alternative. president obama golfing with tiger woods. and a sea otter that's got game. "early today" starts now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, february 20th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. cadaver dogs are being sent into kansas city to search for possible victims this morning after a blast leveled a section of the city's shopping district. local officials say a gas explosion around 6:00 p.m. caused a massive fire at the popular jj's restaurant. witnesses say the blast came out of nowhere. as of yet no confirmed fatalities. officials express concern to find those who are missing. >> a guy came in, and said we're supposed to evacuate. next thing i knew, boom, everything just exploded. the scariest thing i've ever witnessed, ever been through in my life. >> it was just next to it. people evacuating the apartment building over here. people with their animals, getting them out of the apartment
the years has been found dead of an apparent suicide. >>> republicans lashed out at the obama administration in a leaked draft of the president's immigration reform proposal. >>> danica patrick makes history daytona. >>> a new hope for han solo. >>> and the nation's greatest president immortalized in chedd cheddar. chedd cheddar. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good morning to you. it's nice to see you. i'm veronica de la cruz cruz. the world of country music has lost a memorable voice. mindy mccreedy dolphin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. she sold more than three million of albums but was plagued by alcohol abuse and stints in rehab. >> reporter: mindy mccreedy started her rise in car domestic in 1996 with her debut album "10,000 angels" which would go on to earn multi-platinum status. in the years that followed she would release 12 albums, charting 12 songs on the country billboard singles chart. from the first rapid climb to fame it would be more her private life that kept her name in the headlines. she had multiple run-
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as u.s. terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. in his hearing, brennan strongly defended the use of drones but he distanced himself from questionable interrogation tactics used on terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, on drone attacks and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's legal and asked what if the cia ta
'll have an option this will be ready to put out there. >> reporter: president obama's chief of staff says the white house proposal would bolster border security and include a path to citizenship for this nation's 11 million undocumented immigrant. republicans say any plan with the president's name on it is bound to fail. >> of course it will. and that's why we are working together, republicans and democrats. by the way, he's had no communications with republicans on the issue, unlike the previous four presidents that i've dealt with. >> reporter: senator john mccain is one of the so-called gang of eight lawmakers working on the bipartisan bill. so is florida republican marco rubio who says the president's plan won't work. other members of the gop are not happy to see the white house weighing in. >> when they come out and adamantly say my way or the highway and if congress doesn't ask i'll put it on the desk and say "pass it now," that's no way to get it done. >> reporter: the white house is ready to press ahead with immigration reform if congress can't or won't act. brian mooar, nbc news,
jong-un. president obama went on to say move hurts stability in the region but promises to pursue firm action. the u.s. security council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. and china has shown opposition to the test. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on today from the police dragnet in los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing michael crane in riverside last thursday. dorner is also suspected in two other revenge shooting deaths. meanwhile, large wanted billboards featuring dorner's picture are now up in southern california. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men have been charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton 18-year-old michael ward and and 20-year-old kenneth williams face charges of murder and attempted murder with battery. they say they opened fire on hadiya last month. officials say it was a tragic case of mistaken identity. >> michael ward has confessed and indicated that hadiya was not the intended target. in fact, the
tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage tea
remains. richard, back to you. >> thank you so much. now to reaction that's rolling into president obama's state of the union address last night. democrats calling it a lecture for both suicide a broad brush while republicans complain about lack of details to fix the economy. tracie potts has details from washington for us. good morning. >> reporter: the day after president obama heads to north carolina we just got detail of that trip. he's going to a plant that just hired 160 workers, one of the hall marks of his speech here on capitol hill last night. creating new jobs for the middle class is the president's focus. >> we can't ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction. >> reporter: he's pushing for a permanent budget. >> the greatest nation on earth can't continue by going from one crisis to the next. >> reporter: allowing homeowners to refinance. >> democrats and republicans have supported it before so what are we waiting for? >> reporter: immigration reform. >> now is the time to get it done. >> reporter: a vote on gun control with vi
that bail. back to you. >>> well, the obama administration is reportedly set to unveil a new strategy to strike back against cyber espionage. this is new information that suggest china's government is behind cyber attacks. nbc's danielle leigh is live in washington with the details. danielle, good morning. what are we expecting to hear from the white house this morning? >> reporter: mara, good morning, the white house will come out with a report detailing new aggressive steps to protect u.s. trade secrets against cyber attacks. that could include fines, penalties and other trade action. 140 companies were tar feted. this kind of attack is something the department of defense and white house has been concerned about for quite some time. the china government is denying being involved in any sort of attack. >> joe biden is offering up best advice on how to defend yourself with a firearm. joe biden talked about gun roll efforts, including the size of ammunition clips and other proposals. during that chat biden said the best thing for texas is a shotgun. >> put that double-barrel shotgun an
using president obama's affordable health care act to provide medical coverage for floridians. he opposed obama care as a, quote, job killer. scott now calls it common sense but florida lawmakers will make the final decision. >>> time now for the national weather forecast, and bill karins is here. >> we showed you the radar, very impressive in kansas. one of the biggest snowstorms they have seen for wichita, kansas city and topeka, kansas. this is kind of the next 24 hours. the timeline, if you have travel for family or friends, the worst of it in northern oklahoma, missouri, kansas, nebraska, iowa and eventually tonight into illinois and chicago. but for them, just a glancing blow, not as much. the highest snowfall totals will be in the pink shading here. 6 to 12 inches is a pretty wide swath of 6 to 12 inches of snow. the little area near i-35 north of wichita and kansas city, possibility of over a foot. there's a lot of cold air behind the storm through the inner mountain west. a lot of the cold air remains settled over much of the west from seattle, 46. phoenix this morning is
, president obama is now working the phones to try to spur congress into action in the looming fiscal crisis. and it comes one week before $85 billion and the budget cuts kick in. the white house said mr. obama called house speaker john boehner and senate gop leader mitch mcconnell yesterday, discussions were described as good but not progress. hundreds of thousands are looking at layoffs and smaller paychecks if those cuts take effect. >>> and the stalemate has taken to twitter for the president's increase in taxes and spending reductions. late thursday john boehner's spokeman tweeted to white house press secretary jay carney, quote was it balanced when the president got $600 billion in revenue with no spending cuts just last month? well, carney replied, saying in part, back in the real world, the president has signed $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction. >>> now, to a developing story in nevada where the manhunt continues this morning for the driver of a black range rover sport involved in a deadly shootout on the vegas strip. three people were killed including rapper kenneth cherry jr. afte
training. >> that was nbc's miguel almaguer reporting. >>> president obama will be putting the final touches on his state of the union speech to be delivered tomorrow night. he's expected to explain his agenda for the next four years and lay the groundwork for the big budget battle with congress. brian mooar has a preview. >> reporter: the economy, jobs, and the middle class are expected to be center stage tuesday night as president obama delivers his fourth state of the union address. foreshadowing his second-term agenda, the president wig trying to take the high ground from republicans in the fight over budget cuts. >> they alleged rather ask more from the vast majority of americans and put our recovery at risk than close even a single tax loophole that benefits the wealthy. >> reporter: the president and democrats are demanding what they see as a fair balance. >> so what we do need is more revenue and more cuts. what i would like to see is in the big, balanced, bold proposal. >> reporter: if there's no deal by march 1, deep, automatic spending cut kick in. >> these indistricrimina
-dollar gambling problem. all that, plus president obama takes a closer look at children's ed. speaker john boehner kisses up to the media. and the promise of a new life. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, february 15th, 2013. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. danger from space today. a falling meteorite. in russia, the trail from the meteorite was seen streaking across the sky about 900 miles east of the moscow. the interior ministry said about 400 people were injured as meteorite fragments caused explosions and damaged some buildings. at least three people have been hospitalized in serious condition. most of the injuries were caused by broken glass. a local official said the meteor shower may be connected to an asteroid passing earth today. >>> and that close encounter with the asteroid happens today in the u.s. the asteroid called 2012 da2014 will zoom pass us. that's below the orbit of satellite. the closest approach by a space raublg like that in more than a century. now, it poses no danger to us, but if it fell to earth, it could explode wit
as the manhunt for christopher dorner comes to a head. >>> president obama are pushes for a $9 federal minimum wage. gun control and immigration reform will any pass? >>> plus mardi gras leads into ash wednesday. >>> and senator marco rubio's water lights up the twitter sphere. >>> and the top dog right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, february 13th, 2013. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. we've got two major stories this morning. president obama is telling supporters he needs their help to make the changes he proposed in his state of the union address. republicans say they oppose higher spending and tax increases. but first, the latest from california on what may be the fiery end to the huge manhunt for accused cop killer christopher dorner. nbc's tony chen is in big bear with the latest. tony, good morning. >> reporter: morning, mara. good morning, everyone. let me tell you the last 20, 21 hours have been absolutely incredible. i want to give you the latest information. we just got this within about the last hour, hour and a half. that that cabin that was burnin
pistorius faces a judge. will he get bail or will he be forced to stay in jail? >>> president obama talks gop leaders while keeping an eye on gun control. >>> las vegas police search for a shooter. what you should never, ever do while on a ski lift. and who will win the oscars this weekend. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, february 22nd, 2013. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. states of emergency were declared across the midwest as snow poured down thanks to a powerful and deadly winter storm that's now crawling east. the storm is expected to hit the upper midwest by this morning as it swirls north and east packing an icy wintry mix that's sure to make or treacherous travel and even more flight cancellations as we head into the weekend. nbc's jay gray has a look. >> reporter: this time-lapsed video shows kansas city being swallowed by the snow. whiteout conditions across the midwest. >> it's crazy, i wasn't expecting this. maybe around christmas but not now. >> reporter: the harsh winds and heavy snow certainly no gift for those forced
goes front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks at the white house. house members will tackle the very issue on capitol hill. tracie potts joins us with a preview of that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that hearing is being held by the house judiciary committee controlled by republicans. some of whom want to make sure the border is secure before we put immigrants on a path to citizenship. that's been the focus of president obama and it will be the focus today when he meets with a number of different groups at the white house, business leaders, labor leaders, civic groups to talk about how do we deal with the 11 million people who have been living, many of them for years, in this country illegally. also today he sent secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano, to the border to take a look at what needs to be done there. she was in san diego yesterday, she'll be in el paso, texas, today. >> very big issue for leaders. >>> nbc news contained a memo that contains legal justification for drone strikes on u.s. citizens. the document says the gove
, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples of 1600 gun related deaths that december day to remind his audience as their obligation as lawmake
want to stay away from that. bill karins, thank you. >>> president obama is laying out his post-presidential plans. we'll tell you what he said. >>> plus, members of the kennedy clan arrested outside the white house. details on that. >>> plus, the i-village sex quiz. who is satisfied more when it comes to sex, men or women? details on that in two minutes. >>> welcome back. here are other stories making news this morning. the pentagon will roll out medals for members of the military who contribute without action on the front lines. it's called the distinguished war fair medal and will be awarded to among others remote pilots of unmanned predator drones. >>> a kennedy was back at the white house yesterday but this time in handcuffs. r.f.k. jr. was one of four dozen arrested at the rally of the keystone pipeline. his 18-year-old son conor and darryl hanna were also taken into custody there. >>> president obama is laying out plans for life after the white house. he told the crowd in alabama he's looking forward to playing a little more golf, fishing and barbecuing. >>> new york ma m
is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there are still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. some say after next week's recess, though, hagel will be ultimately confirmed. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama defended his administration's use of drones in the war on terror insisting everything the government has done is legal. he did admit the public should know more about how that program works. >> what i think is absolutely true is that it is not sufficient for citizens to just take my word for it that we're doing the right thing. >> a classified memo recently reveal
billion in automatic spending cuts. the white house says president obama will hold a news conference to address the issue this morning. nbc's danielle lee has the details. danielle, good morning. >> reporter: mara, good morning. the president will urge congress to agree on a deal that balances those pending cuts with new revenue to avoid hurting the economy and the middle class. mane while, congress is away on recess all week. when they get back, they'll have just four days to reach a deal. in their absence, strategists say staffers are making calls negotiating, trying to come up with alternative savings. lawmakers are not entirely on vacation. many of them are back in their districts highlighting the impacts of these cuts. in san diego, up to 30,000 military jobs are in jeopardy. they agreed to the sequester in 2011, hoping it would force them to come up with a better compromise. so far that hasn't happened. reporting live from capitol hill, i'm danielle leigh. back to you. >>> one and done, first term republican senator mike johanns said he won't run for a second term. he said he's
say the obama administration is crying wolf. >>> is the president exaggerating these cuts? >> absolutely. it's a terrible way to cut spending but not to cut 2.5% out of the total budget, give me a break. the crisis is made up. it's been created. i didn't support the sequester because that's a stupid way to cut spending. >> a recent "usa today" pew research poll says overwhelming of americans would hold republicans responsible if those cuts go into effect. >> reporter: good morning. some members say this crisis is exaggerated. white house saying 10,000 teachers could lose their jobs. a big impact at airports where 47,000 air traffic controllers could be furloughed that could lead to very long wait times. president obama speaking to governors at the white house last night. saying that while they face tough times before they still got some hard decisions ahead and here on capitol hill, we're waiting to see if there will be any action this week. march 1st, friday is the deadline for this $85 billion in cuts to kick in and right now, richard, there's just no real sense of any c
and one heck of a game, all straight ahead. >>> plus, president obama takes his gun control message as mountain michael bloomberg sticks to the nra with a powerful ad. >>> plus, the 5-year-old hostage held hostage in alabama heads into the fifth day. >>> leon panetta talks about life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just that. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good monday morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with a developing tragedy in southern california. a bus carrying a tour group from tijuana collided with mountains killing eight and injurings more. authorities say the driver reported brake problems as the bus came down the mountain. it rear ended a car before flipping and hitting a pickup truck that was hauling a trailer. passengers described the scene. >> starts to move so fast, and the people start screaming. >> two or three minutes swerving in and out? >> yeah. >> everybody was scared. everybody was screaming. >> the bus was reportedly returning from a ski outing t
. >>> front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks on a topic at the white house, house members will tackle the issue on capitol hill. nbc's tracie potts joins us live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. let's start at the white house. big group expected there today. two separate meetings, we've got labor leaders, business leaders included within the group, fbiu, the afl-cio, and also ceos of big companies like goldman sachs, coca-cola, united marriott, they're all coming together to talk about the impact of immigration. president obama wants a plan to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to stipulate shinn. republicans on capitol hill are worried that will happen before we secure the borders. separate from the white house meeting there's a hearing by house republicans here on capitol hill to talk about that. >> tracie potts in washington. thank you. >>> the next foreign policy debate involves the state department, iran and a monkey. iran said it launched a monkey into space last week. the pictures released before and after the alleged missions beg t
will be here negotiating to come up with at any of savings. and president obama is back after a weekend away golf golfing in florida. but congress, they're on recess all week, and when they get back, they'll have just four days to reach a deal. now lawmakers are not entirely on vacation, many are back highlighting the cuts. the speaker will back to kreins the costs. in san diego, 30,000 million tear jobs would be in jeopardy. now many voters here around the capitol have told me that's not good enough. they say lawmakers should be here talking it out in person. confidence that he will reach a deal is dwindling. congress had cutbacks in 2011, think it would force them to come up with a better alternative. the white house wants to balance cuts with new revenue. reporting live from capitol hill, i'm danielle leigh. back to you. >>> one and done, first term republican senator mike johanns said he won't return again. the 62-year-old former governor and secretary of agriculture added after 32 years in public service it's time to go. he denied he's leaving washington because of partisan politics. >>
's a look at the week that was. >> reporter: this week, president obama put immigration reform at the top of his agenda. >> now's the time. >> reporter: and he wasn't the only one. >> and we have an obligation and the need to address the reality of the situation we face. >> reporter: from tornadoes, to snowstorms to intense weather tore through the country. anticipate others. in australia flooding caused one family to get strand and luckily rescued. another town in australia woke up to sea foam, lots of sea foam. more amazing video from abroad. this time from china where a truck overturned barely missing a materialist. and another story, an army veteran who lost all four of his limbs underwent an arm strands plant. and back in d.c. president obama brought on the miami heat and showed some love for hilary. >> i think what did evolve is a friendship. >> reporter: who's the top dog? these are the most popular breeds. golden retrievers and g-shepherds are hot, these dogs are hip. but not all animals had a good week. iran said it launched a rocket containing a monkey into space. >> they did re
returning from a ski outing to big bear. >>> well, today president obama will travel to minneapolis to push his proposal for broader gun control measures in the wake of the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. tracie potts is live in washington with more on that. there's also a photo of the president that's raising some eyebrows. >> reporter: absolutely. he's traveling to minnesota because the white house thinks this is a perfect backdrop for him to push his gun control measures, it's a city that's done a lot to curb gun violence. as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minneapolis, more reaction to this white house photo, skeet shooting at camp david. critics are saying it's an obvious effort, as they put it, to pander to conservatives, making the point that the president supports the second amendment while pushing for gun-control measures. >> mark kelley argues checks must be expanded to keep guns away from mentally ill people. his wife was shot gabrielle giffords. >> he could have gone to a gun show or private seller and gotten a gun. >> this super bowl ad accused t
on in washington, president obama is headed out of washington, headed south to newport news, virginia, where he'll speak at the business of a shipbuilder that has ties to jobs all over the country, using this autos a back drop to make his point to the american people that the impact of these cuts could be devastating. republicans, meantime, including republican house speaker john boehner think the president should stay here, facilitate some sort of negotiation. right now nothing going on between the white house and capitol hill. nothing in front of the cameras, nothing behind the scenes to prevent these cuts on friday. richard? >> we have big egg we got on a tuesday in terms of negotiations. tracie potts, thank you so much. >>> turning to a developing story. at least 14 tourists were killed in a fiery hot air balloon crash in egypt. as the balloon approached luxor south of cairo, an on-board fire triggered an explosion in the gas canister causing it to plunge 1,000 feet into a sugarcane field below. the pilot and tourist who jumped out of the balloon survived with critical injury. >>> cardinal
like the focus is how to minimize the impacts of what's about to happen. we're told president obama will sign this, if he signs it, likely towards the end of the day. he has until midnight late night on friday to do so. as you noted, he's called congressional leaders to the white house tomorrow morning on the day of this going into effect. john boehner who by the way he ran into on capitol hill when he was dedicating the rosa parks statue yesterday. they chatted for about a minute. the closest we've seen to any talks or compromise in days. boehner, also minority leader nancy pelosi will be at that meeting. along with harry reid, the senate democratic leader, and mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader. all of them likely to talk about where we go next. we're already starting to see some changes. homeland security releasing some illegal immigrants from detention to save money. and boehner told lawmakers here, don't use any military planes. that racks up a bill, too. mara. >> tracie potts live in washington. thank you so much for that. >>> there's word that u.s. may be changing
of florida for changing his mind on medicaid expansion. he said he will use president obama's health care act to provide medical coverage. scott opposed obama care as a, quote, job killer. scott now calls it common sense but florida lawmakers will make the final decision. >>> time now for the national forecast, bill karins is here. >> iowa, missouri, kansas, nebraska, arkansas, oklahoma, it's all a mess this morning. good morning, everyone. we're already watching heavy snow in some portions of north oklahoma, the north western part of the state. now heavy periods of freezing rain pushing through oklahoma city. tulsa, even reports of thunder out there, a lot of dynamics in the atmosphere. white is showing light snow, blue heavier snow. you up through the ozarks, missouri say mess. this is the ice storm warning, by the way. northern arkansas, the pink is winter storm warnings. again pretty much four states of the bull's-eye, and denver, too, they'll be getting snow, plenty cold. kansas city, st. louis, chicago, des moines. what comes down from the sky is going to be frozen. not guaranteed to be
're looking pretty good heading into the upcoming weekend. >> that's good to hear. >>> president obama is already laying out his post presidential plans. we'll tell you what he said. >>> plus, members of the kennedy clan arrested outside the white house. details coming up next. >>> plus, the ivillage sex quiz. whose more satisfied when it comes to sex, men or women? we'll have the answer in two minutes. >>> welcome back. now to some other stories that caught our eye this morning. the pentagon will roll out medals for members of the military who contribute without action on the front lines. it's called the distinguishing warfare medals. >>> a kennedy was back at the white house but this time in handcuffs. r.f.k. jr. was there. his 18-year-old son connor and darryl hanna were also taken into custody. >>> president obama is laying out plans for life after the white house. he told the crowd in alabama he's looking forward to playing a little golf, firing and bash coug. >>> and new york mayer bloomberg wants a permanent ban on plastic containers. >>> overseas to georgia where things got hea
, but really no talks going on between them and the white house. president obama today heads to virginia where he'll speak at a ship builder concerned about jobs. they have job keshgzs in all 50 states. and the president is being criticized by house republicans, especially house speaker john boehner for not staying in washington. but as we're telling you there are serious differences on how to get rid of these deficits and to prevent the budget cuts from happening on friday. lot of emphasis now, especially at airports. not only will travelers be affected but one of the big concerns is air traffic controllers being placed on furlough, overnight shifts being limit made at a lot of small airports. >>> turning now to a developing story, at least 19 tourists were killed in a fiery hot air balloon crash in egypt. as the balloon approached the ancient city of luxor, south of cairo, an on board canister caused the balloon to plunge about 1,000 feet into a sugar cane field. the victims include tourists from china, japan, britain and france. >>> the reservation of the highest ranking catholic leader in
department will say goodbye to secretary leon panetta. president obama and joint chiefs of staff chairman marten dempsey will host a farewell for him this afternoon. panetta testified before the senate arms services committee about the benghazi attack. he said current budget cuts hampered the ability to respond quickly to the attack. the looming budget cuts coming on march 1st would cause even further damage to america's national defense strategy. >> this is the beginning of a number of steps we're going to have to take that are going to badly damage our readiness. stop this constant uncertainty. this month to month situation where we don't know what the hell we're going to get. >> panetta leaves the defense department without a replacement. a confirmation vote for president obama's nominee chuck hagel is expected in the next few days. >>> 18 after the hour now. john brennan is on track to be the next cia director despite -- members of the senate intelligence committee grilled brennan about his defense of unmanned drones to target and kilter roar suspects overseas. that includes u.s. citi
. >>> the obama administration is ready to take a more active role in the crisis in syria. joe biden will meet with the head of the -- this will be the highest level u.s. meeting with syrian opposition since it began uprising nearly two years ago. more than 60,000 people have been killed in that war. >>> defense secretary nominee chuck hagel expected to be confirmed despite a contentious confirmation hearing. he spent hours answering questions from the armed services committee in the senate. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. at one point he grappled over whether he was wrong to oppose the 2007 surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as defense secretary and be the only republican in president obama's cabinet and the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. the transportation secretary who is also a re
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